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Basic Pizza Dough

Yield 1 (12-inch) crust
Reviewers say this basic pizza dough recipe makes the best crust they've ever eaten. So the next time you're in the mood for pizza, make your own. Use the crust recipe as is or add mix-ins to customize it. Don't worry about rolling the dough into a perfect circle.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 package active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground yellow cornmeal

Nutrition Information

  • calories 1155
  • caloriesfromfat 3 %
  • fat 3.4 g
  • satfat 0.6 g
  • monofat 0.5 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 33.8 g
  • carbohydrate 242.5 g
  • fiber 10.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 14.3 mg
  • sodium 1195 mg
  • calcium 49 mg

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve the honey and yeast in 3/4 cup warm water in a large bowl. Let stand 5 minutes or until bubbly. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 cups flour and salt to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes); add enough of the remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel slightly sticky).

    Measuring Flour
    Measuring Flour
  2. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If the indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)

  3. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle (about 1/4 inch thick) on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on a rimless baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Lightly spray surface of dough with cooking spray, and cover with plastic wrap. Place the dough in refrigerator for up to 30 minutes. Bake according to recipe directions.

  4. Wheat Germ Dough: Replace 1/4 cup all-purpose flour with 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ.

  5. Asian Dough: Add 2 teaspoons raw sesame seeds.

  6. Herb Dough: Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (use a mix of herbs or just one, such as basil or oregano).

  7. Nutty Dough: Add 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts or pecans.

  8. Cheese Dough: Add 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan, fontina, or other cheese.

  9. Pepper Dough: Add 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper.

  10. Note: Nutritional analysis is for 1 (12-inch) pizza crust.